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21 March 2017

The realities of being a Trainee Solicitor at JWP

I write this blog six months into my training contract and what an amazing six months it has been. The reality of being a trainee solicitor working for a successful firm immediately after graduating is yet to sink in.

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Alexzandra Kennedy

13 March 2017

Beware the Scammers

First there was Telephone Scamming, then Online Scamming. For both of these their prevalence is increasing with each passing month and their complexity seems to be evolving in an attempt to give that seed of doubt to the unsuspecting victim (could it really be true?)

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Gareth Long

21 February 2017

I just want a Divorce

Getting a Divorce, this should be simple right? Well it’s maybe not a straightforward as we all might think.

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Gareth Long

9 January 2017

Social Media, a possible light at the end of the tunnel?

Our Practice Director continues into the murky depths of social media, however have his thoughts been swayed to the positive as 2 stories emerged towards the end of last year that almost brought a tear to his eye?

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Gareth Long

28 November 2016

Social Media, I am a little confused Part 1

Firstly I get the irony. Me giving Social Media a telling off whilst then promoting it through Social Media. Secondly your old I hear you shout. Yes I am and I fully understand that things change, I have come a very long way from my Dragon 32 as a teenager to a gleaming “I can do everything for you” smart phone. Is it for the better, I’m not sure!

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Gareth Long

4 November 2016

Common sense now prevails in the world of personal injury claims

I read with some amusement recently a poster on a billboard in which solicitors were advertising that they carried out work on a no win no fee basis for genuine claims. Would a solicitor ever take on a claim other than one which was genuine? You would hope not. However the meaning of the word genuine may mean different things to different people.

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Andrew Brown

28 October 2016

JWP at the Law Society Excellence Awards

Many congratulations again go to our very own Lois Monks for being shortlisted for a Law Society Excellence Award. The awards took place on 20th October 2016 and along with Lois a small entourage of JWP Directors and staff attended the awards ceremony. Lois was shortlisted to the final 8 in the nominations for this years Law Society Excellence, Junior Lawyer of the Year Award.

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Gareth Long

12 October 2016

Family Dispute? Collaborative Law may be your best choice

Collaborative family law is when you and your collaborative Solicitor, former partner and their collaborative Solicitor find solutions without going to Court. The parties set the agenda and the rules of engagement in an “anchor statement” and participation agreement. You talk in a manner which suits the pair of you and about the things that matter most to you and your family.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

6 October 2016

Another successful Macmillan coffee morning

A big thank you to everyone who attended our Macmillan coffee morning at our Wakefield Office on Friday 30th September.

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Gareth Long

30 September 2016

Christmas Countdown - 12 weeks to go

My notoriety at JWP Solicitors may well precede me on many levels but I am becoming infamous for my Christmas countdown and it is fair to say, to some, somewhat irritating. BAH HUMBUG...

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

23 September 2016

Lots of Cake equals Lots for Charity

JWP Solicitors are delighted to have again been invited to Anchor’s health and wellbeing event at Townhead Court retirement housing scheme in Settle. Two of our JWP Solicitors attended the event alongside other professional organisations such as Age UK, Local police and fire services.

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Sophie Metcalfe

16 September 2016

Week one as a Trainee Solicitor

Walking to the office on Monday morning I was both extremely nervous and excited to be starting as the newest trainee solicitor at JWP Solicitors.

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Alexzandra Kennedy

9 September 2016

Client Service is everything

A beautiful Thank You card from a client that we recently received shows how special the relationship can be with our clients and how it makes such a difference when we get it right.

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Gareth Long

19 August 2016

My Final few weeks as a Trainee…

I joined JWP Solicitors as a Trainee in March 2015 and I have survived… I shall therefore qualify as a Solicitor on 1st September 2016!

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Sophie Metcalfe

11 August 2016

Here at JWP we are serious about Mental Health

Mental health is not a new thing, but it is still seen as a taboo thing - Why? Perhaps because not enough is known about such issues so it is simply brushed under the carpet for someone else to deal with when the times comes. However by then it is often too late.

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Toni McCann

2 August 2016

Congratulations Lois Monks

Congratulations are very much in order as The Law Society Excellence Awards specialist judges have shortlisted our very own Lois Monks for this year's Junior Lawyer of the Year award.

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John Wilkinson

21 June 2016

JWP welcome Michael George and add more experience to their Care Department

JWP Solicitors would like to offer a huge welcome to Michael George who brings a wealth of experience to our Care department team based at our Leeds Office.

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Amanda Steele

13 June 2016

JWP Solicitors are Euro 2016 Crazy

With Euro 2016 now upon us we at JWP Solicitors are getting excited for the football to come, especially if England can learn to close out a game.

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John Wilkinson

16 May 2016

JWP Solicitors are truly GUNG-HO

On Saturday 14th May 2016 four of our Solicitors took part in the crazy inflatable 5k Challenge - GUNG-HO.

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Sophie Metcalfe

9 May 2016

Save My Driving Licence Website Launch

Take a look at our new Website which is dedicated to Road Traffic Law.

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27 April 2016

Legal Aid Residency Test dismissed by Supreme Court

Following a unanimous Supreme Court ruling the attempt made by the Government to introduce a residence test for anyone claiming legal aid has been dismissed.

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Sophie Metcalfe

18 March 2016

JWP Solicitors support Anchor Housing

JWP Solicitors support Anchor Housing. Anchor housing is England's largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people. Anchor recognises that everyone is an individual. They work hard to get to know their customers, build relationships and ensure the service that they provide are ones that people want.

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Sophie Metcalfe

6 March 2016

Couch Potato to 5K in 9 Weeks

The firm has entered a team to take part in a charity run on Saturday 14th May 2016 at Temple Newsam, Leeds. I, John Wood, upon agreeing to take part quickly realised that some training would be required. It would not be easy to relive the faded glory of being a cross country schools champion 40 years ago.

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John Wood

3 March 2016

A Criminal Legal Aid system we should all be proud of

Like a lot of people this morning I read with some shock this BBC News article regarding the recent trial of Matthews and Hoare where both were convicted of the brutal murder of Becky Watts. The article makes some suggestion that the cost of such a trial was excessive and indeed an inference that these individuals didn't deserve it. Don’t believe everything you read in the press.

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Toni McCann

19 February 2016

Court rules domestic violence legal aid time limit is invalid

A controversial impact of the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) was for clients to obtain Legal Aid for a family matter they were required to provide evidence of domestic violence within the last 24 months.

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Sophie Metcalfe

25 January 2016

Licensed Premises Beware - Underage Drinkers

We know it is illegal to sell alcohol to an underage person - that’s the simple bit.

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6 January 2016

Divorce or Separation - Do it Decently!

The New Year is peak time for people who decide to get divorced or separated. This is a big decision which is likely to be a traumatic one for everyone including extended family and especially children.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

24 December 2015

10 Things you need to know about Driving over the Christmas period

Our team of qualified road traffic solicitors point out some facts about driving offences in this festive period.

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John Wilkinson

17 December 2015

Christmas Carols at JWP Solicitors

JWP Solicitors are holding their first Christmas Carol’s on Friday 18th December 2015 ( tomorrow). We are delighted to announce that the Salvation Army will be attending, bringing with them amazing instruments and fabulous singing voices. The Christmas Carols will commence at 2pm.

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Sarah Victor

7 December 2015

Government Scraps controversial Criminal Court charges

The government announced last week that it would be scrapping the controversial Criminal Court charges from December 24th.

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Toni McCann

23 November 2015

We Support Resolutions Family Dispute Week

Resolution’s fourth Family Dispute Resolution Week is happening 23-27 November this year. We're working to raise awareness of the importance of parents putting their children's needs first during divorce.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

12 November 2015

Marriage - More than just a piece of paper

What rights do you have as part of a cohabiting couple in the UK? The answer is, very little, when compared to the rights of a spouse.

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Sarah Victor

2 November 2015

Criminal Legal Aid - Latest

Like many a decent Spy novel the fight over changes to Criminal Legal Aid seems to take a new twist and turn by the day, and with recent revelations from a Whistle-blower at the Legal Aid Agency the Criminal Duty tender process, despite being almost over, comes under the microscope again.

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Gareth Long

15 October 2015

Honesty is always the best policy

Whilst it might seem like the title statement is to over-state the obvious, the phrase has taken on added significance following on from the case of Sharland and Gohil. Both of these ex-wives discovered that their ex-husbands had been dishonest in disclosing the true value of their assets during the time that negotiations were taking place for their matrimonial settlement.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

30 September 2015

And the JWP Bake Off winner is - Macmillan Cancer Support

A big thank you to everyone who attended our Macmillan coffee mornings at our Pontefract and Wakefield Offices.

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Sarah Victor

25 September 2015

Ever wondered how a child feels about Divorce?

Every parent wants what is best for their child but in times of separation and relationship breakdown it is all too easy to lose sight of how our children are coping and feeling. Ultimately we must always try to put them first.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

17 September 2015

The Great JWP Bake Off

JWP Solicitors are taking part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning. To make it a little more fun and add a spice of competition our Pontefract and Wakefield offices will be holding a ‘Bake Off’ to see which office will win the coveted title for the 'Best Bun or Cake' and also to see which office raises the most money for Macmillan.

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Lois Monks

11 September 2015

Do not delay - write your Will today

It’s a common misconception that you only need a will when you are older or that you don’t need a will at all if you would like everything to pass to your spouse after death, but typically the law is never that simple…

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Sophie Metcalfe

28 July 2015

Your Will, Your Way?

The Court of Appeals decision to award part of a mothers inheritance to her daughter, despite it being written in her Will that she shouldn't receive anything, could prove to be a Landmark ruling.

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Susan Hartley

11 May 2015

Financial Settlement on Divorce - Don't leave loose ends

Many of you will have been intrigued recently with regards Kathleen Wyatt seeking a divorce settlement from her ex-husband Dale Vince some 20 years after their divorce. Which ever side of the argument you sit with regards the rights and wrongs of the case, this is a case of not seeing things through and of leaving loose ends.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

17 April 2015

Legal Aid does Matter

Removing Legal Aid services and introducing big cuts has had a dramatic effect on the British Justice System, with more to come. Watch this very clever video that highlights why its important to everyone that the UK has a strong and fair Legal Aid system.

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16 April 2015

Care fees vs helping the "Boomerang Generation"

In the run up to the election the National Housing Federation have warned that the older generation will soon face the dilemma of care costs in old age and additional pressure to help the next generation get on the housing ladder.

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Susan Hartley

8 April 2015

Poor at the time of his divorce, now a millionaire wishing he had sorted out the finances at the same time

There has been so much media attention recently following the somewhat controversial case of Wyatt v Vince. The couple married in 1981 and had a son together. The wife had a previous child who was 2 at the time from another relationship and was treated as a child of the family. Unfortunately they separated in 1984 and were divorced by 1992 although no agreement or Order of the court was obtained by the them to deal with the financial matters.

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25 March 2015

A week in the life of a Trainee Solicitor

Arriving at the office on the first day and I felt like a new kid at school, nervous for what might be and excited to be starting the next chapter of my career.

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Sophie Metcalfe

18 March 2015

Beware Freebies

For many years solicitors, including myself, were able to offer free legal services to those who had been injured through the fault of others. You would often see advertising such as '100% compensation guaranteed' because it really was as simple as that.

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Andrew Brown

25 February 2015

People Power and the Y generation

Have we reached the age where power to the people means something? In the UK almost everyone now has instant access to media stories and through social media a way to interact and put across their point of view? And if it has, how does this change the way we are governed and dealt with in future?

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Gareth Long

6 January 2015

Resolve your Family Disputes the Collaborative Law Way

I have written previously on the subject of Collaborative Law but the subject is so important and one about which I am passionate that I think it is worthy of repetition. Being a Collaborative Lawyer is like having the best kept secret, Delia explains why.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

15 December 2014

Some Facts about Drink Driving and other Road Traffic Offences

The festive period is a time for celebration and enjoyment. For those that take the enjoyment too far, here are a few facts that our qualified Road Traffic Solicitors think you should know.

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9 December 2014

Child Maintenance - know the price of not reaching an agreement

Every parent will have heard of the Child Support Agency (CSA) but did you know that since 2012 the CSA has been known as the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) and that from the summer of this year they have introduced new charges for using this service.

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24 November 2014

Family Dispute Resolution Week

Its Family Dispute Resolution Week and Resolution have produced a powerful new video to coincide with the campaign.

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3 November 2014

Mediation changes are afoot

More changes are afoot in mediation. As you will be aware, in April 2013 the Government removed legal aid funding for family law court proceedings, however continued to provide legal aid for mediation. This was as a result of the governments thinking that resolving family disputes by way of mediation is the preferred method to acrimonious court proceedings.

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27 October 2014

This November, make your Will with Will Aid

Will Aid is a scheme designed to raise funds for nine leading charities. The scheme involves our solicitors donating their time to support these charities by preparing basic Wills without charging the normal fee.

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Susan Hartley

30 September 2014

Understanding Mediation

Not sure what mediation is all about, then watch this. The Ministry of Justice have produced a video which explains the mediation process, and how it can help to settle disputes.

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19 September 2014

Its a Dogs Life - Don't fall foul of the Dangerous Dogs Act

Many of us are dog owners. Here are some facts about the pooch and the law that may surprise you!!

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8 September 2014

Don't turn your Will into a Nightmare

Research by the Law Society revealed the risks the public are exposed to by using unregulated, unqualified and uninsured will writers. Our Wills and Probate expert, Susan Hartley explains why you should tread very carefully when making a will.

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Susan Hartley

27 August 2014

Kinship Carers Conundrum

Question:- Are you a grandparent/aunt/uncle/family friend who wants to be considered as a carer for a child/children subject to Care Proceedings? If the answer is yes, you need to contact the Social Worker and ask for an Assessment without delay. That will consist of an initial Viability Assessment to assess your suitability and if positive, will lead on to a more thorough, comprehensive assessment. But what if you are told that it is negative and you will not be considered further, what can you do?

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15 August 2014

Protect yourself against Domestic Violence

The Police have recently been given some additional powers to deal with the perpetrators of Domestic Violence. Greg Cross explains how this works to protect those who are victims of domestic violence.

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11 August 2014

Time to resolve those family disputes - with only 135 Sleeps to Christmas

It may seem strange to think of cold, snowy Christmas scenes in the scorching heat of this so far beautiful summer but for family lawyers our minds are already turning to Christmas. Why, I hear you ask?

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

25 July 2014

Beware - Police Voluntary Interview Ahead

Budget cuts are biting hard across our public services and the Police have not been immune from this. One of the ways they are dealing with falling budgets is the rise of the so-called Voluntary Interview. Emma explains why you need to be careful.

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18 July 2014

Divorce - Don't forget the pensions

As a family solicitor, people come to see me about a variety of matters concerning divorce and separation. An issue that clients rarely mention when discussing matrimonial finances is pensions. Head of the Family department, Gareth Long explains why this isn't something that should be left out.

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Gareth Long

14 July 2014

Once bitten, twice shy

If you have been bitten by a dog, you are less likely to be able to recover compensation than if you had been bitten by Luis Suarez!! Andrew Brown explains that there is little redress for you if you are attacked by someone's dog.

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Andrew Brown

3 July 2014

JWP Solicitors secures top accolade from Law Society, LEXCEL

I am happy to announce that today we have secured the Law Society's law management quality mark, LEXCEL. Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession and is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for law firms which gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards.

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Gareth Long

25 June 2014

Take Care of the Pennies

I am sure that all of us like a bargain and believe me Lawyers are no different. However, we are also well aware of the pitfalls of buying cheaply and living to regret not spending more to get the right product or service. Delia chats about why buying cheap isn't always the best way forward.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

13 June 2014

Cuts, Cuts and more Cuts…

Back in medieval times, death by a thousand cuts was a common occurrence, and one which was savoured and enjoyed by those in charge. Life as a criminal solicitor is starting to feel very much like this at the moment, and those in charge seem like they are enjoying the show.

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6 June 2014

The customer is always right…

Speak to those involved in delivering the best customer service and the saying “the customer is always right” will come up somewhere in the conversation. Having worked in an industry driven by customer service for many years before joining JWP Solicitors, this ethos was drilled into our Practice Director at every opportunity, but what does it actually mean? The law of averages tells you that the customer cannot always be right, so does it mean that even when the customer is wrong, they are right?

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Gareth Long

2 June 2014

Life beyond the Wig

Mention the word “lawyer” to the man on the street and an image of a middle-aged man or woman clad in robes and a wig will probably spring to mind. In reality this image represents a small proportion of lawyers and for those that do wear wigs, robes and gowns this represents a fairly small proportion of their time at work as well.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

23 May 2014

A day in the life of…

For a family lawyer only a small proportion of their day or week is spent in Court. So what else do they get up too? Our Pontefract Family expert, Delia Crofts-Turnbull lifts the lid

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

23 April 2014

Mediation is the key to unlocking your future?

The 22nd April 2014 has been a long time coming for mediators, with sweeping changes being introduced under section 10 of the Children and Family Act. So what does this mean for clients and why have us mediators been holding our breaths?

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11 April 2014

It's Criminal

The Government is currently undertaking a consultation regarding the funding of Criminal cases. The proposals may result in large numbers of respected high street firms disappearing from our towns and cities. It could also mean that if you find yourself involved in the Criminal Justice System you will have no choice in who represents you.

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7 April 2014

I think I need an injunction, can I get one?

This is a commonly asked question when I speak to clients who are experiencing harassment or domestic abuse issues. Many people in different situations can at times experience some form of harassment or molestation, sometimes it can be as a result of a difficult relationship breakdown or a family dispute, or sometimes it can be a case of unrequited attention or a dispute between neighbours or work colleagues. A lot of people who have experienced difficulty don’t always realise that help is available.

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11 March 2014

I cannot get Legal Aid for my Divorce, can I?

The above is an increasingly common question that I am now asked by new clients on the telephone or when they come through the door, following the recent government changes to Legal Aid. There does now appear to be a common misconception with the majority of the public that legal aid is no longer available for family law cases in any circumstances. This is not correct. Legal aid does remain available in many instances, so don't be afraid to ask.

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Gareth Long

26 February 2014

Where there's a WILL there's a way...

On a hot sunny summer's day, enjoyed with your family and friends, making a Will is the last thing on anyone's mind, but making a Will is one of the most thoughtful and selfless tasks that you can do for those you care about and enjoy life with.

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Susan Hartley

20 December 2013

Ten things you may not realise about Road Traffic offences

Our team of qualified road traffic solicitors point out some facts about driving offences in this festive period.

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10 December 2013

Do new Public Law changes prejudice parents in care proceedings?

Having recently attended a Roadshow on the modernisation of the family court it got me thinking about the new changes that have been introduced in care proceedings and how this will affect parents and the child/children involved.

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28 November 2013

Ten things you may not know about Personal Injury claims

1. Before you are entitled to compensation in this country you have to show that the person or company you are claiming against has been at fault in some way.

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Andrew Brown

16 November 2013

Ten facts you need to know about Wills and Probate

You may be surprised by the following facts:

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Susan Hartley

25 October 2013

Child Protection - Don't believe the hype

We now live in a society where access to information is instant, 24 hour TV, online newspapers and Google. Although we can often filter the information that we want to see, there are some items of news that receive so much exposure we can't fail to notice. Once we have noticed the news we can then make our feelings heard via social media; our opinion becomes validated. Now don't get me wrong, I am all for these new exciting times, but we have to be very careful how it affects change, particularly in relation to the law.

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Lois Monks

10 October 2013

THE LEGAL HAS LANDED (10th Oct 2013)

JWP Solicitors have exploded onto the Leeds scene, sitting on the corner of Park Square West, is Park House which offers sumptuous surroundings for both staff and clients. Don't be shy, call and make an appointment to see us, we move in on Monday 14th October 2013.

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9 September 2013

Have we gone compliance mad?

A new email last week from one of our many compliance bodies got me thinking hard about just how much compliance dictates my day. Whilst sat sipping on my first coffee of the day I pondered for a moment about just how ridiculous compliance had become, not just in my work life but in everyday life.

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17 July 2013

Crime doesn't pay...

That old adage that crime pays certainly doesn't lend itself into the world of a firm which conducts criminal legal aid. The recent musings regarding changes to criminal Legal Aid, and the potential for a 17.5% cut in fees following a competitive tender process, would come on top of more recent legal aid reductions which mean crime clearly wouldn't pay. As a layman and with a business to develop and protect the proposed changes being mooted are almost unworkable unless you start paying people minimum wage, and banishing them from the office for all eternity to work at remote locations with only an Ipad, Iphone and the local miscreants for company.

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John Wilkinson

3 May 2013

Conciliation - not litigation

With the withdrawal of legal aid many separating and divorcing couples on lower incomes now have to face managing their emotions and financial affairs without the support of a solicitor - their emotional prop, their listening ear, their legal advisor. Only where domestic violence is a factor will legal aid continue to be available for family law matters.

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2 April 2013

The Personal Injury "Big Bang"

Many Personal Injury lawyers were naming the 1st April 2013 as "the Big Bang", WHY?

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Andrew Brown

1 March 2013

Hello all and welcome to our blog.

We are a law firm specialising in family law, care, personal injury, crime, wills, probate and licensing. We have six partners, seven associate solicitors and a trainee. I head up the firms well established family department. You will be hearing regularly from me on this blog (I usually have plenty to say!), however a number of my fellow solicitors will be contributing over the weeks, months and years to come.

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Gareth Long